Kicking off his show this Monday night, Jimmy Fallon addressed the recent Twitter tirade directed at him by President Trump. During his opening monologue, Fallon had one question for the President: “Why are you tweeting at me?”
In a tweet from this Sunday, Trump chided Fallon to “be a man” and to “stop whimpering” over the backlash he received after messing up Trump’s hair during a 2016 campaign appearance on his late-night talk show.
“@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous “hair show” with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have “humanized” me-he is taking heat,” Trump tweeted. “He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!”
.@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous “hair show” with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have “humanized” me-he is taking heat. He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Fallon took Trump’s dig as an opportunity to comment on the contradictory nature of First Lady Melania Trump’s outspokenness against bullying while her own husband constantly bullies people from his Twitter account.
“Before we begin, I just wanna give a shout-out to our show’s number one fan, the president of the United States!” Fallon said on Monday.
“As you may have heard, last night, the president of the United States went after me on Twitter, so Melania, if you’re watching, I don’t think your anti-bullying campaign is working,” he continued.
Speaking to his audience, Fallon said that he had planned to respond to Trump on Sunday night, but instead realized he had “more important things to do.”
“Then I thought, ‘Wait, shouldn’t he have more important things to do?'” Fallon said. “He’s the president! What are you doing? Why are you tweeting at me?”
In the tweet, Trump was referencing a recent interview Fallon gave to The Hollywood Reporter where he said the 2016 hair-tussling incident wasn’t intended to “normalize” Trump. He added that looking back on it, he now realizes it was a “mistake.”
On Monday, the host also disputed Trump’s claim that he had called him to laud the “monster ratings” the 2016 show had garnered.
“I’ve never called this human in my life. I don’t have his number, I don’t want his number,” Fallon said. “By the way, Donald, I don’t know if you’ve seen my ratings the past two years, but you didn’t help.”
Watch Fallon’s monologue below:
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